RAISING THE
MINIMUM WAGE

WHO'S IN FAVOR

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With the 2020 election approaching, we wanted to see how the American people felt about such a hot topic - raising the federal minimum wage. We asked respondents whether they were for or against raising the federal minimum wage.

The question of whether to raise the federal minimum wage has long been a hotly contested subject of political and economic debate.

Yet despite growing support from many Americans, little progress has been made. In fact, the federal minimum wage has not been raised since July of 2009 – the longest period America has ever gone without a rate increase since its creation in 1938.

Although some states have enacted their own minimum wage laws above the federal minimum of $7.25, only a handful have taken wages above $10. Moreover, 21 states sit stagnantly at or below the federal rate.

As of 2019, roughly 1.6 million Americans worked for a wage equal to or less than the federal minimum wage – a rate that fails to meet the basic standards of living in even the least expensive states. For two working adults with no children in Mississippi – the state with the lowest living wage – the basic hourly rate needed is $8.65. For a family with one child, that rate rises dramatically to $11.88.

It's apparent that Americans will continue to advocate for – or protest against – raising the federal minimum wage until a decision is reached. But who are the people on each side of the debate? Are there any similarities between those who agree versus those who disagree?

To figure it out, we surveyed over 2,000 Americans, asking them to select YES or NO to raising the minimum wage. If they voted YES, we asked them how much they would like it raised by. If they voted NO, they were asked to provide an explanation.

All survey participants were also asked to report their political affiliation, gender, age, degree, employment status and salary.

KEY FINDINGS

  1. 80% of those surveyed said they support a higher minimum wage.
    One-third of those who voted YES thought it should be $15 or higher.
  2. 93% of Democrats voted YES, while 66% of Republicans voted YES, showing a greater difference in opinion among Republican voters in regard to the minimum wage.
  3. Ethnicities who showed the most support for raising the minimum wage were Black or African American, Asian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latinx.
  4. As annual salary rises, support for raising the minimum wage declines.

THE
GENERAL CONSENSUS

80% of participants voted YES to raising the minimum wage

This finding coincides with the way national opinion has been heading for some time. As Americans become increasingly aware of poverty's grasp on vulnerable populations, such as people of color or those without a college education, many feel it's high time that fast food workers and grocery store clerks be able to support their families while still paying the utility bill.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic could also have played a part in influencing participants' answers. With tens of millions of Americans suddenly unemployed and looking for a way to make rent, many people are feeling that the current minimum wage essentially isn't enough.

THE INDIVIDUAL VERSUS
BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE

While the majority opinion is crystal clear, it's their explanations that provide the most insight into how a simple difference in outlook can yield opposing viewpoints.

While the YES side may be more focused on the individual worker and their ability to succeed, those who made up the opposing side (19.7%) focused more on the well-being of business owners.

In the NO voters' rationales, only some explanations spoke to whether individuals themselves needed more money or not. Instead, most were focused on business owners and the effects on the economy, with many respondents citing that a rise in minimum wage would cause inflation and increase the cost of goods. They also expressed concern that increasing the wage would be too much for small businesses to handle financially, forcing them to resort to layoffs and fewer hires in the future.

THE POLITICAL
PARTY DIVIDE

The individual versus business debate is very present in current politics, so it's no surprise that there were stark differences in survey answers based on which political affiliation participants identified as.

93% of Democrats voted YES, while 7% voted NO. On the other hand, 66% of Republicans voted YES, while 34% voted NO, showing a clear divide in opinion based on political party – and also a larger divide within the Republican party specifically.

This, of course, could have been expected. Democratic candidates often use raising the minimum wage as part of their political platform, so it's understandable that those affiliated with the party would agree. Libertarians hold a very similar view to Republicans, with 68% voting YES and 32% voting NO. Of participants who identified themselves as No Affiliation, 80% voted YES and 20% voted NO.

Views By Political Party

GENDER & AGE
PARALLELS

The two categories that showed the least difference in opinion across groups were gender and age. The survey results revealed that men and women were split almost equally between each group.

83% of women surveyed voted YES and roughly 79% of men surveyed voted YES. Those who chose to not identify were split 50/50. There was even a near equal split in those who voted YES and wanted $15 or higher minimum wage – 52% were women, 47% were men and 1% chose not to identify.

Views By Gender

However, there is a difference among genders when you look at each party independently. For example, 92% of Democratic females voted YES, while only 68% of Republican females voted YES. On the other hand, 96% of Democratic males voted YES and 64% of Republican males voted YES.

Views By Gender & Party

As for age, the results were dispersed evenly between people ranging from 18 to 65+. Between 79%-82% of all groups voted YES and between 18%-22% of all groups voted NO.

Views By Age

It may be surprising to see young and older generations so aligned, especially since polling has shown that older generations teeter more towards Republican values. But as illustrated clearly by the data, the cause for raising the minimum wage transcends party lines and generational differences.

All in all, according to the survey, men were almost right alongside women in their support for raising the minimum wage, and people of all generations seem to be aligned, too. Though there isn't a clear way to determine why this parallel exists at this specific time, it could possibly signify a change in opinion due to the economic shift during the pandemic. Or perhaps, this is one topic where people of different genders and ages have more in common than typically perceived.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS
& OCCUPATIONAL CORRELATIONS

In regard to employment status, the difference in opinion was relatively small but still present. The group with the lowest support for raising the minimum wage was students, with 74% saying YES and 26% saying NO. On the other hand, part-time and unemployed workers showed the most support for raising the minimum wage, with 84% and 83% saying YES, and 16% and 17% saying NO, respectively.

Views By Salary

LOOKING CLOSER AT
ETHNICITY

Another area that revealed a significant divide in opinion was that of ethnicity. Overall, Black and African American participants supported a raise in the minimum wage more than any other ethnicity, with 90% support. The other leading groups were Asian and Pacific Islander participants at 86%, and Hispanic and Latinx participants at 84%.

Participants who described themselves as White, Native American or American Indian, Other or Two or More Races had the lowest percentages of support, with 79%, 79%, 70%, and 76% support, respectively.

Views By Ethnicity

It's important to note that a majority of the votes (64%) came from White participants, while a minority of votes came from Native American or American Indians and people who identified as Other or Two or More Races. With a larger sample size, it's likely that these percentages would be higher.

FINAL
TAKEAWAYS

  1. Most people are in favor of raising the minimum wage

    Across all demographics, people were generally in favor of raising the minimum wage by some amount, possibly due to shifting attitudes about the current economy.
  2. Many people stayed in line with the general opinions of their political party.

    Raising the minimum wage is an action widely supported by many Democrats in office and criticized by many Republicans, and a good number of participants stayed within those party lines when voting.
  3. People varying in age, gender and employment status/degree levels all showed similar support despite their socioeconomic differences.

    While research shows more young people and women sway toward the Democratic party, the survey showed little differentiation in support for raising the minimum wage when it comes to gender or age. There were also well-dispersed answers from all employment statuses and degree levels.
  4. The greatest difference in opinion exists among salaries and ethnicities.

    Generally, those who earn a lower annual salary showed the most support, and those who earn a higher annual salary showed the least support. In a similar fashion, ethnicities that are typically marginalized in society voiced that they wanted to see the minimum wage increased, while a smaller percentage of White voters approved of an increase.

CONCLUSION

One thing is certain: For the right choice regarding the minimum wage to be made, the country needs the honest input of Americans all across the board, no matter how they identify or how much money they make. Only then, when all perspectives are accounted for, can valuable change be made possible.

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METHODOLOGY

With the 2020 election approaching, we wanted to see how the American people felt about such a hot topic - raising the federal minimum wage. We asked respondents whether they were for or against raising the federal minimum wage. If respondents answered YES, we asked them to provide what they thought that new wage should be. If respondents answered NO, we asked them to provide a reason why. Regardless of their YES or NO answer, all respondents were asked:

  • Political Affiliation
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Annual Salary
  • Employment Status
  • State
  • Ethnicity
  • Level of Education

We ran our survey with Survey Monkey, and set the following criteria:

  • Ages 18-65+
  • Salary range $0-200k+
  • All genders
  • All ethnicities
  • USA only
  • All employment levels
  • All levels of education

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES &
THE MINIMUM WAGE

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After the July 2019 passage of the 'Raise the Wage' Act, an Act that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025, increasing the wage has been at the forefront of the Democratic platform. In fact, 21 of the Democratic Presidential Candidates favored a rise in the federal minimum wage. The general view among supporters is that the current minimum wage of $7.25 isn't enough for families to get by on, especially as inflation and cost of living continue to rise. On the other hand, Republicans argue that an increase in the federal minimum wage will lead to fewer new hires and more layoffs by small companies, and that states with a lower cost of living simply won't be able to afford a $15 minimum wage.

Although the ‘Raise the Wage' Act was passed in a Democrat-controlled House, it has not been taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate, and therefore has not reached President Trump's desk.

Come November, here's the Presidential Candidates' take on minimum wage:

PRESIDENT

DONALD TRUMP

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Donald Trump

73 years old

Birthplace:
New York, NY

Previously:
Businessman, Television personality

Position on Minimum Wage

Trump has made contradictory statements regarding minimum wage over the years, so his stance is not clear. However, he acknowledged the fight for a $15 federal minimum wage and said he's "looking at that".

RUNNING MATE

MIKE PENCE

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Mike Pence

61 years old

Birthplace:
Columbus, IN

Previously:
Governor of Indiana, US Representative

Position on Minimum Wage

As a member of Congress, Pence voted against raising the minimum wage. In 2007, he voted against raising the minimum wage above $5.15. As governor, he blocked Indiana towns from setting their own minimum wages. Indiana currently adopts the federal minimum wage.

VS

JOE BIDEN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Joe Biden

77 years old

Birthplace:
Scranton, PA

Previously:
US Senator from Delaware, Vice-President

Position on Minimum Wage

Biden strongly supports raising the minimum wage to $15 and wants to eliminate the tipped minimum wage. He also supports indexing the minimum wage to the median hourly wage, a move that would allow the pay of low-wage workers to keep pace with middle income workers.

RUNNING MATE

KAMALA HARRIS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Kamala Harris

55 years old

Birthplace:
Oakland, CA

Previously:
US Senator, Attorney General of California

Position on Minimum Wage

Kamala has supported a $15 minimum wage since 2017 when she joined other Senate Democrats in supporting the bill for an increased minimum wage. She says that America needs a living wage, and that "the current rate of $7.25 makes it impossible to support a family".

VS

JO JORGENSEN

LIBERTARIAN PARTY

Jo Jorgensen

63 years old

Birthplace:
Libertyville, IL

Previously:
Psychology professor at Clemson University

Position on Minimum Wage

Jorgensen opposes raising the minimum wage and wants to eliminate all wage standards. Jorgensen is also against raising taxes on the rich, opposes a national income program, and generally believes governments should not interfere with the free market.

RUNNING MATE

SPIKE COHEN

LIBERTARIAN PARTY

Spike Cohen

38 years old

Birthplace:
Baltimore, MD

Previously:
Podcast host, founder of a web design business

Position on Minimum Wage

Cohen opposes the existence of a federal minimum wage. He recognizes that people need more money because the cost of living continues to increase, but he asserts it is the "regulatory burdens that [the] government puts in place" at the root of the minimum wage problem.

VS

HOWIE HAWKINS

GREEN PARTY

Howie Hawkins

67 years old

Birthplace:
San Francisco, CA

Previously:
Founder of the Green Party, trade unionist, environmental activist

Position on Minimum Wage

Hawkins is pushing for a $20 minimum wage that would be "indexed to the cost of living" and guarantee an income above the poverty line.

RUNNING MATE

ANGELA NICOLE WALKER

GREEN PARTY

Angela Nicole Walker

45 years old

Birthplace:
Milwaukee, WI

Previously:
American Labor Organizer, VP Nominee for the Socialist Party in 2016, bus and truck driver

Position on Minimum Wage

Walker has not made a stance beyond supporting a living wage.

STATE
GOVERNORS &

THE MINIMUM WAGE

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Governors set the state minimum wage in a process very similar to the federal minimum wage change process. The General Assembly must pass the bill, and the bill must then be signed into law by the Governor. If the Governor vetoes the bill but 2/3 of both chambers support the bill, the Governor's veto will be overridden. As could be expected, Governors' opinions on minimum wage closely follow party lines.

STATES WITH 2020
GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS

  • DELAWARE
  • INDIANA
  • MISSOURI
  • MONTANA
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • NORTH CAROLINA
  • NORTH DAKOTA
  • UTAH
  • VERMONT
  • WASHINGTON
  • WEST VIRGINIA

ALABAMA

GOVERNOR

KAY IVEY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Kay Ivey

75 years old

Birthplace:
Camden, AL

Previously:
Alabama State Treasurer, Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Ivey has not made her opinion clear, but there is pressure to restore Birmingham's scheduled 2016 minimum wage increase after the Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage and Right-to-Work Act was passed, which "bans cities from enacting an increase above the $7.25 federal minimum wage."

WHAT ALABAMIANS THINK

Alabama Minimum Wage Survey Results
Alabama Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ALASKA

GOVERNOR

MIKE DUNLEAVY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Mike Dunleavy

59 years old

Birthplace:
Scranton, PA

Previously:
State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

Dunleavy has not made his stance clear, but the statewide wage increased by 30 cents in 2020, now sitting at $10.19 an hour. By law, Alaska's minimum wage must always be at least $1 above the federal minimum wage.

WHAT ALASKANS THINK

Alaska Minimum Wage Survey Results
Alaska Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ARIZONA

GOVERNOR

DOUG DUCEY

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Doug Ducey

56 years old

Birthplace:
Toledo, OH

Previously:
CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, State Treasurer

Position on Minimum Wage

Ducey does not support raising the minimum wage. In 2016, he threatened to "withhold revenue from cities and towns that enact their own wage and employment laws" in fear that it will hurt the AZ economy.

WHAT ARIZONANS THINK

Arizona Minimum Wage Survey Results
Arizona Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ARKANSAS

GOVERNOR

ASA HUTCHINSON

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Asa Hutchinson

69 years old

Birthplace:
Bentonville, AR

Previously:
U.S. Attorney, U.S. Congressman, Administrator of the DEA

Position on Minimum Wage

Hutchinson supports raising the minimum wage and opposed "legislative efforts" to scale back a minimum wage hike that voters approved in 2018 that would raise the state minimum wage to $11 by 2021.

WHAT ARKANSANS THINK

Arkansas Minimum Wage Survey Results
Arkansas Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

CALIFORNIA

GOVERNOR

GAVIN NEWSOM

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Gavin Newsom

52 years old

Birthplace:
San Francisco, CA

Previously:
Mayor of San Francisco and Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Newsom supports a $15 minimum wage, and California is currently on track to reach $15 by 2023. However, the bill that was passed in 2016 allows the governor to suspend the wage increase if unemployment rises. Multiple business groups have asked Newsom to delay the wage progression due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Newsom left the plan, as is, in the state's revised 20-21 budget.

WHAT CALIFORNIANS THINK

California Minimum Wage Survey Results
California Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

COLORADO

GOVERNOR

JARED POLIS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Jared Polis

45 years old

Birthplace:
Boulder, CO

Previously:
US Representative

Position on Minimum Wage

Polis supports increasing the minimum wage and signed a law that brought the statewide minimum wage to $12 in 2020.

WHAT COLORADANS THINK

Colorado Minimum Wage Survey Results
Colorado Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

CONNECTICUT

GOVERNOR

NED LAMONT

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Ned Lamont

66 years old

Birthplace:
Washington, DC

Previously:
Selectman of Greenwich and Chairman of the State Investment Advisory Council

Position on Minimum Wage

Lamont supports increasing the minimum wage to $15, and signed a law that will increase the state's wage to $15 by June 1, 2023.

WHAT CONNECTICUTIANS THINK

Connecticut Minimum Wage Survey Results
Connecticut Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

DELAWARE

GOVERNOR

JOHN CARNEY JR.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY (INCUMBENT)

John Carney Jr.

64 years old

Birthplace:
Wilmington, DE

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor, US Representative, Deleware Secretary of Finance

Position on Minimum Wage

Primaries are scheduled for September, but incumbent John Carney Jr. is running for re-election. Carney has not yet committed to a proposal that would raise the minimum wage one dollar per year until it reaches $15 in 2024 over concerns about "how this may affect jobs in a down economy".

VS

COLIN BONINI

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Colin Bonini

55 years old

Birthplace:
Stanford, CA

Previously:
Delaware State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

Bonini has an apprehensive stance on raising the Delaware minimum wage. When the Delaware Senate passed the legislation for an increase in minimum wage in 2016, Bonini felt a "dramatic increase in minimum wage would limit job opportunities," and "we are going to be hurting the folks this bill is intended to support".

WHAT DELAWARIANS THINK

Delaware Minimum Wage Survey Results
Delaware Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

FLORIDA

GOVERNOR

RON DESANTIS

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Ron Desantis

41 years old

Birthplace:
Jacksonville, FL

Previously:
Attorney, Naval Officer, Congressman

Position on Minimum Wage

DeSantis is against raising the minimum wage to $15.

WHAT FLORIDIANS THINK

Florida Minimum Wage Survey Results
Florida Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

GEORGIA

GOVERNOR

BRIAN KEMP

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Brian Kemp

56 years old

Birthplace:
Athens, GA

Previously:
State Senator, Secretary of State of Georgia

Position on Minimum Wage

Kemp has not expressed his views, but his 2018 competitor for Governor, Stacey Abrams, criticized him for not supporting a living wage.

WHAT GEORGIANS THINK

Georgia Minimum Wage Survey Results
Georgia Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

HAWAII

GOVERNOR

DAVID IGE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

David Ige

63 years old

Birthplace:
Pearl City, HI

Previously:
State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

Ige supported a plan to increase the wage to $13 by 2024.

WHAT HAWAIIANS THINK

Hawaii Minimum Wage Survey Results
Hawaii Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

IDAHO

GOVERNOR

BRAD LITTLE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Brad Little

66 years old

Birthplace:
Emmett, ID

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Little describes his goal as "to have everybody's wages going up, based on market conditions." He also views it as "a starting wage with the goal of trying to get people off of it as fast as we can."

WHAT IDAHOANS THINK

Idaho Minimum Wage Survey Results
Idaho Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ILLINOIS

GOVERNOR

J.B. PRITZKER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

J.B. Pritzker

55 years old

Birthplace:
Atherton, CA

Previously:
Private business owner and a member of the Pritzker family, which owns Hyatt

Position on Minimum Wage

Pritzker signed a $15 statewide minimum wage into law on Feb 19, 2019. It will reach $15 by Jan. 1, 2025.

WHAT ILLINOISANS THINK

Illinois Minimum Wage Survey Results
Illinois Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

INDIANA

GOVERNOR

ERIC HOLCOMB

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Eric Holcomb

52 years old

Birthplace:
Vincennes, IN

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

There has been little discussion about the minimum wage since Holcomb took office in 2017. Indiana follows the federal minimum wage of $7.25."

VS

WOODY MYERS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Woody Myers

66 years old

Birthplace:
Indianapolis, IN

Previously:
Physician, Health Commissioner of Indiana

Position on Minimum Wage

Myers advocates for a living wage but has not specified an exact amount.

WHAT INDIANANS THINK

Indiana Minimum Wage Survey Results
Indiana Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

IOWA

GOVERNOR

KIM REYNOLDS

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Kim Reynolds

61 years old

Birthplace:
Saint Chales, IA

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Reynolds opposes raising the state minimum wage above the current federal minimum of $7.25 and says she is "focusing on ways to help build skills for people to land career opportunities that pay well rather than pushing to raise the $7.25 hourly minimum wage in Iowa."

WHAT IOWANS THINK

Iowa Minimum Wage Survey Results
Iowa Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

KANSAS

GOVERNOR

LAURA KELLY

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Laura Kelly

70 years old

Birthplace:
New York, NY

Previously:
State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

When asked in early 2019, Kelly said "I believe that the minimum wage is too low, but I'm not ready to say what it should be."

WHAT KANSANS THINK

Kansas Minimum Wage Survey Results
Kansas Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

KENTUCKY

GOVERNOR

ANDY BESHEAR

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Andy Beshear

42 years old

Birthplace:
Louisville, KY

Previously:
Kentucky Attorney General

Position on Minimum Wage

Beshear supports raising the minimum wage and backs legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2027.

WHAT KENTUCKIANS THINK

Kentucky Minimum Wage Survey Results
Kentucky Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

LOUISIANA

GOVERNOR

JOHN BEL EDWARDS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

John Bel Edwards

53 years old

Birthplace:
East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

Previously:
Attorney, Democratic leader of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Position on Minimum Wage

Edwards has been fighting for an increase in the state minimum wage for years, and supports a $10 wage by July 1 of 2021. There is currently no statewide minimum wage, so they follow the federal minimum of $7.25.

WHAT LOUISANIANS THINK

Louisiana Minimum Wage Survey Results
Louisiana Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MAINE

GOVERNOR

JANET MILLS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Janet Mills

72 years old

Birthplace:
Farmington, ME

Previously:
Lawyer and State Attorney General

Position on Minimum Wage

Mills supported efforts to increase the statewide minimum wage from $11 to $12, which became effective on January 1, 2020.

WHAT MAINERS THINK

Maine Minimum Wage Survey Results
Maine Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MARYLAND

GOVERNOR

LARRY HOGAN

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Larry Hogan

64 years old

Birthplace:
Washington, DC

Previously:
Founder of Hogan Companies, a real-estate company

Position on Minimum Wage

Hogan supports raising the state-wide minimum wage to $12.10 instead of $15. However, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Hogan's veto, and the wage is set to reach $15 by 2025.

WHAT MARYLANDERS THINK

Maryland Minimum Wage Survey Results
Maryland Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MASSACHUSETTS

GOVERNOR

CHARLIE BAKER

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Charlie Baker

63 years old

Birthplace:
Elmira, NY

Previously:
CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts Cabinet Official

Position on Minimum Wage

Baker supports raising the minimum wage and signed a bill into law that will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 by Jan. 1, 2023.

WHAT MASSACHUSETTSANS THINK

Massachusetts Minimum Wage Survey Results
Massachusetts Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MICHIGAN

GOVERNOR

GRETCHEN WHITMER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Gretchen Whitmer

48 years old

Birthplace:
Lansing, MI

Previously:
State Congresswoman, State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

Whitmer supports raising the statewide minimum wage to $15.

WHAT MICHIGANIANS THINK

Michigan Minimum Wage Survey Results
Michigan Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MINNESOTA

GOVERNOR

TIM WALZ

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Tim Walz

56 years old

Birthplace:
West Point, NE

Previously:
Congressman, Member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Position on Minimum Wage

Walz supports increasing the state's minimum wage to $15.

WHAT MINNESOTANS THINK

Minnesota Minimum Wage Survey Results
Minnesota Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

MISSISSIPPI

GOVERNOR

TATE REEVES

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Tate Reeves

46 years old

Birthplace:
Florence, MS

Previously:
State Treasurer, Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Reeves is against raising the statewide minimum wage above the federal minimum wage.

WHAT MISSISSIPPIANS THINK

Mississippi Minimum Wage Survey Results
Mississippi Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

MISSOURI

GOVERNOR

MIKE PARSON

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Mike Parson

64 years old

Birthplace:
Wheatland, MO

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor, Missouri Senator and Representative

Position on Minimum Wage

Parson is against raising the minimum wage.

VS

NICOLE GALLOWAY

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Nicole Galloway

38 years old

Birthplace:
Fenton, MO

Previously:
State Auditor

Position on Minimum Wage

Galloway supports raising the minimum wage, which is already set to reach $12 by 2023.

WHAT MISSOURIANS THINK

Missouri Minimum Wage Survey Results
Missouri Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

MONTANA

GOVERNOR

GREG GIANFORTE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Greg Gianforte

59 years old

Birthplace:
San diego, CA

Previously:
US Representative, Co-founder of RightNow Technologies

Position on Minimum Wage

Gianforte voted against the ‘Raise the Wage' Act as a member of Congress.

VS

MIKE COONEY

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Mike Cooney

65 years old

Birthplace:
Washington, DC

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor, Montana Representative, Senator, and Secretary of State

Position on Minimum Wage

Cooney supports a living wage but has not specified an amount.

WHAT MONTANANS THINK

Montana Minimum Wage Survey Results
Montana Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

NEBRASKA

GOVERNOR

PETE RICKETS

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Pete Rickets

56 years old

Birthplace:
Nebraska City, NE

Previously:
Worked for his father's company, TD Ameritrade

Position on Minimum Wage

Ricketts is against raising the minimum wage as he feels "a minimum wage increase will hurt most the people it is intended to help — like those who work in small-town restaurants and cafes."

WHAT NEBRASKANS THINK

Nebraska Minimum Wage Survey Results
Nebraska Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

NEVADA

GOVERNOR

STEVE SISOLAK

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Steve Sisolak

66 years old

Birthplace:
Milwaukee, WI

Previously:
Chairman of the Clark County Commission

Position on Minimum Wage

Sisolak supports raising the minimum wage and signed a bill in June of 2019 that will raise the state's minimum wage by $0.75 every year until it reaches $12.

WHAT NEVADANS THINK

Nevada Minimum Wage Survey Results
Nevada Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

NEW HAMPSHIRE

GOVERNOR

CHRIS SUNUNU

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Chris Sununu

45 years old

Birthplace:
Salem, NH

Previously:
Member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, businessman, engineer

Position on Minimum Wage

Sununu vetoed a bill that would have set the minimum wage to $10 in 2020 and $12 by 2022.

VS

DAN FELTES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Dan Feltes

41 years old

Birthplace:
Debuque, IA

Previously:
Attorney New Hampshire State Senator

Position on Minimum Wage

Dan Feltes says an increase in the minimum wage is long overdue.

As Hampshire Senate Majority Leader, Feltes passed a bill that would have set the minimum wage to $10 in 2020 and $12 by 2022 that was vetoed by governor Sununu.

WHAT NEW HAMPSHIRITES THINK

New Hampshire Minimum Wage Survey Results
New Hampshire Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

NEW JERSEY

GOVERNOR

PHIL MURPHY

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Phil Murphey

63 years old

Birthplace:
Needham, MA

Previously:
Ambassador to Germany, Finance Chairman for the Democratic National Committee

Position on Minimum Wage

Murphy supports raising the minimum wage and signed a bill in February of 2019 that will increase the state's minimum wage to $15 by 2024.

WHAT NEW JERSEYANS THINK

New Jersey Minimum Wage Survey Results
New Jersey Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

NEW MEXICO

GOVERNOR

MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Michelle Lujan Grisham

60 years old

Birthplace:
Los Alamos, NM

Previously:
Lawyer and U.S. Representative

Position on Minimum Wage

Lujan Grisham supports raising the minimum wage and signed a bill into law that will increase the state's minimum wage to $12 by 2023.

WHAT NEW MEXICANS THINK

New Mexico Minimum Wage Survey Results
New Mexico Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

NEW YORK

GOVERNOR

ANDREW CUOMO

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Andrew Cuomo

62 years old

Birthplace:
New York, NY

Previously:
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, State Attorney General

Position on Minimum Wage

Cuomo supports a $15 minimum wage statewide, which is already in motion and is set to be eventually implemented in all areas of the state in the coming years, although on a different schedule depending on the region.

WHAT NEW YORKERS THINK

New York Minimum Wage Survey Results
New York Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

NORTH CAROLINA

GOVERNOR

ROY COOPER

DEMOCRATIC PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Roy Cooper

63 years old

Birthplace:
Nashville, NC

Previously:
Attorney General of North Carolina

Position on Minimum Wage

Cooper wants to raise the minimum wage as high as the General Assembly will allow him to, and says that "$15 is an admirable goal."

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DAN FOREST

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Dan Forest

52 years old

Birthplace:
Harrisonburg, VA

Previously:
Architect and Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Forest has not made a statement about minimum wage.

WHAT NORTH CAROLINIANS THINK

North Carolina Minimum Wage Survey Results
North Carolina Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

NORTH DAKOTA

GOVERNOR

DOUG BURGUM

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Doug Burgum

64 years old

Birthplace:
Arthur, ND

Previously:
Head of Microsoft Business Solutions

Position on Minimum Wage

Burgum signed a bill that banned cities from increasing the minimum wage above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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SHELLEY LENZ

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Shelley Lenz

Birthplace:
Killdeer, ND

Previously:
Veterinarian

Position on Minimum Wage

Lenz has not made an official stance but she acknowledges that wages aren't keeping up with the increasing cost of living and wants to mitigate those costs.

WHAT NORTH DAKOTANS THINK

North Dakota Minimum Wage Survey Results
North Dakota Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

OHIO

GOVERNOR

MARK DEWINE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Mark DeWine

73 years old

Birthplace:
Yellow Springs, OH

Previously:
Senator, State Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

DeWine said he is open to the possibility of increasing the minimum wage, but has reservations about people losing their jobs because of it.

WHAT OHIOANS THINK

Ohio Minimum Wage Survey Results
Ohio Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

OKLAHOMA

GOVERNOR

KEVIN STITT

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Kevin Stitt

47 years old

Birthplace:
Milton, FL

Previously:
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group

Position on Minimum Wage

Stitt has not made his opinion on minimum wage clear, but legislation was filed in early 2020 to raise the minimum wage to $10.50.

WHAT OKLAHOMANS THINK

Oklahoma Minimum Wage Survey Results
Oklahoma Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

OREGON

GOVERNOR

KATE BROWN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Kate Brown

60 years old

Birthplace:
Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

Previously:
Oregon Secretary of State

Position on Minimum Wage

Brown supports raising the minimum wage, but scaled back her initial proposal from $15.52 to $14.50. Her new plan would have the statewide minimum wage reach $14.50 by 2022 and increase with inflation from then on.

WHAT OREGONIANS THINK

Oregon Minimum Wage Survey Results
Oregon Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

PENNSYLVANIA

GOVERNOR

TOM WOLF

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Tom Wolf

71 years old

Birthplace:
Mount Wolf, PA

Previously:
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Position on Minimum Wage

Wolf supports an immediate rise in the minimum wage to $12, which he wants to gradually rise to $15.

WHAT PENNSYLVANIANS THINK

Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Survey Results
Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

RHODE ISLAND

GOVERNOR

GINA RAIMONDO

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Gina Raimondo

49 years old

Birthplace:
Smithfield, RI

Previously:
General Treasurer, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association

Position on Minimum Wage

Raimondo supports an increase in the minimum wage, and recently signed a bill into law that raised the wage by one dollar to $11.50.

WHAT RHODE ISLANDERS THINK

Rhode Island Minimum Wage Survey Results
Rhode Island Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

SOUTH CAROLINA

GOVERNOR

HENRY MCMASTER

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Henry McMaster

73 years old

Birthplace:
Columbia, SC

Previously:
State Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

McMaster has not declared a stance on minimum wage, but South Carolina has no state minimum wage law, so they default to the federal wage of $7.25.

WHAT SOUTH CAROLINIANS THINK

South Carolina Minimum Wage Survey Results
South Carolina Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

SOUTH DAKOTA

GOVERNOR

KRISTI NOEM

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Kristi Noem

48 years old

Birthplace:
Watertown, SD

Previously:
US Representative, South Dakota Representative

Position on Minimum Wage

Noem has not made her opinion clear, but the state's minimum wage was increased to $9.30 in the beginning of 2020.

WHAT SOUTH DAKOTANS THINK

South Dakota Minimum Wage Survey Results
South Dakota Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

TENNESSEE

GOVERNOR

BILL LEE

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Bill Lee

60 years old

Birthplace:
Franklin, TN

Previously:
President and CEO of Lee Company, an inherited family business

Position on Minimum Wage

Lee has not made his stance clear, but Tennessee has no state minimum wage law so they default to the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

WHAT TENNESSEANS THINK

Tennessee Minimum Wage Survey Results
Tennessee Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

TEXAS

GOVERNOR

GREG ABBOTT

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Greg Abbott

62 years old

Birthplace:
Witchita Falls, TX

Previously:
State Attorney General

Position on Minimum Wage

Abbott is against raising the minimum wage and called raising it from $7.25 to $10 "a job killer."

WHAT TEXANS THINK

Texas Minimum Wage Survey Results
Texas Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

UTAH

GOVERNOR

CHRIS PETERSON

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Chris Peterson

45 years old

Birthplace:
West Valley City, UT

Previously:
Law Professor at the University of Utah

Position on Minimum Wage

Peterson supports raising the minimum wage.

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SPENCER COX

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Spencer Cox

45 years old

Birthplace:
Fairview, UT

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor of Utah

Position on Minimum Wage

Cox has not made a statement regarding minimum wage.

WHAT UTAHNS THINK

Utah Minimum Wage Survey Results
Utah Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

VERMONT

GOVERNOR

PHIL SCOTT

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Phil Scott

62 years old

Birthplace:
Barre, VT

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Scott vetoed a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage.

VS

DAVID ZUCKERMAN

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

David Zuckerman

49 years old

Birthplace:
Boston, MA

Previously:
Lieutenant Governor, Businessman, Farmer

Position on Minimum Wage

Zuckerman supports a $15 minimum wage.

WHAT VERMONTERS THINK

Vermont Minimum Wage Survey Results
Vermont Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

VIRGINIA

GOVERNOR

RALPH NORTHAM

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Ralph Northam

60 years old

Birthplace:
Nassawadox, VA

Previously:
Officer in the US Army Medical Corps, Lieutenant Governor

Position on Minimum Wage

Northam supports raising the minimum wage to $15, although there is currently some backlash as he pushed the minimum wage increase to May of 2021, instead of its original date of January 2021, due to the pandemic.

WHAT VIRGINIANS THINK

Virginia Minimum Wage Survey Results
Virginia Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

WASHINGTON

GOVERNOR

JAY INSLEE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Jay Inslee

69 years old

Birthplace:
Seattle, WA

Previously:
Congressman and lawyer

Position on Minimum Wage

Inslee supports a $15 minimum wage.

VS

LOREN CULP

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Loren Culp

59 years old

Birthplace:
Everett, WA

Previously:
Police Chief of Republic, WA

Position on Minimum Wage

Culp has not disclosed his opinion on minimum wage.

WHAT WASHINGTONIANS THINK

Washington Minimum Wage Survey Results
Washington Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

ELECTION

WEST VIRGINIA

GOVERNOR

JIM JUSTICE

REPUBLICAN PARTY (INCUMBENT)

Jim Justice

69 years old

Birthplace:
Charleston, WV

Previously:
Agricultural and coal mining businessman

Position on Minimum Wage

Justice has not made his opinion clear on minimum wage.

VS

BEN SALANGO

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Ben Salango

46 years old

Birthplace:
No Data

Previously:
Kanawha County Commissioner, attorney, and small business owner

Position on Minimum Wage

Salango has not released an official statement on minimum wage, but he is said to support raising it.

WHAT WEST VIRGINIANS THINK

West Virginia Minimum Wage Survey Results
West Virginia Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

WISCONSIN

GOVERNOR

TONY EVERS

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Tony Evers

68 years old

Birthplace:
Plymouth, WI

Previously:
Superintendent of Public Instruction

Position on Minimum Wage

Evers supports raising the statewide minimum wage to $15.

WHAT WISCONSINITES THINK

Wisconsin Minimum Wage Survey Results
Wisconsin Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender

WYOMING

GOVERNOR

MARK GORDON

REPUBLICAN PARTY

Mark Gordon

63 years old

Birthplace:
New York, NY

Previously:
State Treasurer

Position on Minimum Wage

Gordon has not made his stance public, but the state's minimum wage is currently set below the federal minimum wage at $5.15. However, employees are entitled to the federal minimum of $7.25.

WHAT WYOMINGITES THINK

Wyoming Minimum Wage Survey Results
Wyoming Minimum Wage Survey Results By Gender